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Old 11-10-2011, 08:20 AM
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I have a Tin Lizzie18 LS with grace frame. I wanted a to upgrade frame to a 12' frame. The dealer, yesterday said I could trade in my grace frame for the new Phoenix frame + $1800. This includes the longer wires for my Shirley Stitcher.

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I could trade in Lizzy and frame for Ansley26 DSL and Phoenix frame for $6249. 0% financing for 4 years.

$13999 for new setup
- $7750 for my setup

I paid $6500 for my setup 6 months ago.

Which deal would you take?
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:02 PM
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Have you called Grace? They have frames up to 122" ... and they may have a more cost effective upgrade path for you.

I am not familiar with the Ansley 26, but $13999 is pretty expensive for a hobby, though 26" sure would be fun.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:28 PM
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that is much for the Ansley,,, you could by an 18 inch Gammill for less. But my local quilt shop has an Ansley. less than a year old. they are renting time on it. seams like a nice machine, but I am not sure about all the comercial use it will get. only time will tell. I have a Gammill and it is tough. Now, one thing I do remember, is the Ansley frame has legs in the middle that I tripped over, just walking behind (the pano side) the machine. I dont know what the Grace has, but a friend has one and it does go up to 112" and she likes it. google both and read as much as you can. good luck it is a tough dicission.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:18 AM
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My quick search shows an Ansley 26 for $9500... A.Gammill 26 is actually a much more heavy duty machine and sells for 14,800 currently. A feature I don't hear mentioned much is that the Gammill tables are solid the entire length. Some of the pieced tables cause bumps to appear in your quilting. Just a thought. Good luck with your search!
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